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New police car

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Lt. John Grimshaw of the Michigan State Police Alpena Post stands in front of the new patrol car the post received last week. Grimshaw said along with the patrol car, all troopers received a commemorative hat to celebrate MSP’s 100 year anniversary.

Stamas sees positives but hopes momentum continues

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News Staff Writer LANSING — During his seventh state of the state address Tuesday Gov. Rick Snyder discussed the positive job front in Michigan, highlighted the state’s thriving dairy industry and addressed and commended many who have worked hard to help with the economy, among other ...

City’s numbers look good for annual report

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council received the City of Alpena’s comprehensive annual financial report during its meeting Monday and the numbers look good. The audit results were for the 2015-16 budget year, and thanks to conservative spending and the use of grant funding, the city was ...

Huron Pines awarded $335K for species eradication efforts

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GRAYLING — More than $3.5 million in grants was awarded last week in an effort to eradicate invasive species in Michigan in the third year of grant letting. One recipient was Grayling-based Huron Pines, which works to eliminate invasive species of weeds, among other activities, in Alpena, ...

APS approves waiver application

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education gave the go-ahead for an application to give more freedom to the district when working with online course providers. The move is expected to save the district money, according to officials. At Monday’s board meeting Superintendent ...

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The full-time contract of City Manager Joe Hefele, right, was approved Tuesday during the City of Rogers City Council meeting.

City council approves manager contract

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ROGERS CITY — After some debate about paid sick and vacation time the City of Rogers City Council approved an employment agreement to have Joe Hefele become the full-time city manager. The debate took place during the regular council meeting Tuesday. “I understand there would be some ...

Council approves signing of purchase agreement

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HILLMAN — Two more steps were taken to proceed with the land transaction of a vacant lot within the Village of Hillman during Tuesday’s council meeting. During the previous village council meeting trustees passed an ordinance allowing the sale of an Orchard Pine vacant lot to move ...

Road commission upgrading equipment

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Road Commission is in the process of upgrading its stable of road maintenance vehicles. The road commission has requested bids for a new grader and will sell back one of the three graders it has now. Managing Director Larry Orcutt said the cost of the new truck ...

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Chippin’ ice

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Alpena resident Don Krajnik uses an ice spud Tuesday to chip ice from the storm sewer after a Monday night ice storm deposited ice on roadways. Krajnik said the ice removal is to keep the intersection from flooding.

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Blue ice

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News Photo by Schulwitz Addison Sefton stands on top of a large pile of ice that formed along the shoreline in Alpena. The ice piles are the largest at Bay View Park and near the breakwall.

City to make difficult choices with new budget

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ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council will have some difficult decisions to make when it begins to crafting the 2017-18 budget. It must decide how best to use an unrestricted fund balance that is well over 20 percent of the general fund, or keep the balance high until uncertainty about ...

Class aims to help students get drone certified

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ALPENA — Just because someone is a teacher doesn’t mean they’re done taking tests. Alpena Community College utility technology instructor Roy Smith is one of three ACC instructors to pass the drone pilot certification test in early January. “Being a utility tech instructor, I know ...

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First day back

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Social science instructor Tim Kuehnlein speaks to students on the first day of the spring semester Monday at Alpena Community College.

City OKs Fresh Palate to host craft beer festival

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council voted 5-0 to allow the owner of The Fresh Palate to host a craft beer festival in September. Second Avenue will be closed to traffic for the event, which it is expected to draw people from all over the state. The Fresh Palate owner Eric Peterson told ...

APS makes change to health curriculum

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ALPENA—The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved a change to its health curriculum allowing the school to change from abstinence-only education to abstinence-based education during Monday’s board meeting. Previously the district involved a representative from Catholic Human ...

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Students from Alpena High School watched films from the Thunder Bay International Film Festival. Stephanie Gandulla from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary selected the videos which highlighted different subjects including the contentious Line Five Pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Gandulla will be traveling to other area schools to show the films including Roger City and Alcona later this week.

Filmmakers excited to be part of festival

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ALPENA — Videographer Luke Clyburn is excited for one of his films to be show at the Thunder Bay International Film Festival for the first time. “To us it’s important for our work to continue to be shown,” said the Waterford resident. “The sanctuary has done so much for ...

Hillman looking at trying another survey on school options

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HILLMAN — Another survey is in the works for parents within Hillman Community Schools to try and determine what steps should be taken for the district. Previously the district sent out 559 surveys to parents, of which about 150 completed them. The survey included five options the parents ...

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Vintage snowmobile show

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News Photo by Pamela Brunn On Saturday, the Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Show held at the Ramada Inn in Alpena had a great success with those looking and entrants from as far north as the Sault in Ontario Canada and as far south as Akron, Ohio, says Ben Mcclain, organizer. A raffle was held ...

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Sam Beatty, left, and Matt Brink, right, present their project proposal for Project Lead The Way Friday afternoon at Alpena High School.

APS students tackle real-world problems

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ALPENA — Students from Alpena High School’s Project Lead the Way class are attempting to solve real life problems with the aid of some outside mentors. On Friday three groups of students presented their project proposals in front of local engineers, business leaders and the district ...

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Happy to serve

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News Photo by Jordan Spence The Alpena Home Depot donated 50 smoke detectors to theAlpena City Fire and Alpena Township Fire Departments. From left to right, Deputy Chief Bob Adrian, Kevin Skiba, Alpena Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe, Alpena Township Fire Captain Mark Hall and Pete ...